Amruta Soni has been through the worst phase and brought the best in herself. What if the gender sexuality was the only thing one is afraid of? She was being sexually abused by one of her relatives which prodded her to leave her home. Being a 16 year old she left home with no support from the family and all alone took the path of serving people of her community.
She started her journey being a Jogathi where she practiced various temple chores and offered prayers to deities. During this stint she had gotten a lot of experience be it good or bad as each person she came across proved to be a life lesson. She had to take the path of sexual indulgence to earn for her shelter and living. Simultaneously she continued her higher secondary education under IGNOU. Post completion of her school education she went to Delhi for graduation where she faced challenges for a fine accommodation but never lost hope and with much of impediments attained the degree. Afterwards she completed her Masters In Business Administration from Symbiosis International University, Pune.
Her gender identity was the biggest hurdle in the way to get a dignified job despite being an MBA. This further dragged her into sex-work. Her diagnosis as an HIV positive totally devastated her and she completely left the sullied profession.
When she moved to Chhattisgarh, here the culture seemed all new to her but gradually she got acquainted herself with the people. During her initial days in the city she used to travel by a Durg-Raipur local in the morning where she made some good friends in the ladies compartment. She every year would celebrate Women’s Day with the friends in the compartment who had accepted her with all their hearts. Later she shifted to Raipur and came in contact with a magnanimous person who accepted her as a daughter. She has a warm connection with the people in Raipur. Now she has entirely tuned into a Raipurian with love & support by the local individuals. She is indulged into several social works fundamentally for helping HIV positive ones across the state.
She was selected as the first Nodal Officer of Chhattisgarh State AIDS Control Society in 2014. This was unprecedented in the state that a transgender was appointed in such a position. Thereafter she began to work towards the emancipation of the transgenders in the state by introducing various new welfare schemes for employment, transportation, sanctioning loans to start their own business and much more. She has also worked as an advocacy officer for Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust.
She soon is going to attend a seminar in Amsterdam to deliver a speech on Transgenders suffering HIV/AIDS. Being one of the leading activists in town she is garnering much love & support.